Advent 2023

Join us this Advent and Christmas season as we worship, grow, serve, give and celebrate together — all in the hopes of becoming more like Christ in this holy season.

Click here to order poinsettias and tickets for our Christmas concert and dinner. 


Sundays of Advent: Preparing the Way for Christmas with John the Baptist

Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 and 24   |  8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

The prophets speak of a messenger, crying out in the wilderness, preparing the way of the Lord.  Join us this Advent as we follow the life of John the Baptist, forerunner of Jesus, who prepares the way for Christ, that we might know the saving peace he brings.

3-Dec   A People Prepared      Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:5-24

10-Dec A Highway for God      Isaiah 40:3-5, Luke 3:1-6

17-Dec Repent and Believe     Isaiah 55:6-9, Matthew 3:1-12

24-Dec Jumping for Joy           Isaiah 61:1-4, Luke 1:39-56


Service of Hope and Consolation     Sunday, December 10  |  4:00 p.m.

We welcome everyone to a quiet service of scripture, prayer, music and the lighting of candles of remembrance.  For all the losses we have suffered this past year, we pause to reflect, accept how we are feeling, and seek God’s healing and hope in a community of grace.  

Christmas Eve Worship    December 24  |  4:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. with carol singing, a unique visual Nativity during the reading of the Christmas story, candle lighting and Holy Communion.  

Join us for a traditional service at 6:00 p.m.  with music from our Chancel Choir and brass quintet, a homily, candle lighting and Holy Communion.  



Advent Workshop    November 29  |  5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Each year our church family gathers the Sunday before Advent to prepare for this special season through crafts, creating Advent wreaths, making wooden nativity pieces and more. All ages and stages are invited to join us in Carpenter Hall for this special night. 

Advent Devotionals    Available Sunday, December 03

Pick up your free Advent Devotional, written by FUMC members and staff in the narthex to guide you in spending intentional time with God throughout this holy season.  

Advent Small Group   Tuesdays beginning November 28  | 1:30 p.m.


Feeding the Children (+Plus) 

We have expanded our Feeding the Children program to be a meal assistance program.  When we deliver this season, in addition to the lunch we will leave 2 grocery bags of food at the home. These 2 bags will provide food for breakfast, lunch and dinners on the days we do not deliver.  This provides the child with shelf stable foods into the weekend. This addition to our program will expand our volunteer opportunities.  You can sign up to cook and deliver as we have done in the past,  or sign up to pack the grocery bags to be delivered to homes.  You can sign up by calling Sharon Lochaby, our volunteer coordinator, at 704-608-2523.  


ZOE Alternative Giving    

What do you get a friend or family member who has everything for Christmas?  Give a gift that transforms the lives of vulnerable children.  A goat, maize seed, or even a cooking pot can empower a child to never need charity again.  Our Zoe Team will be available after worship to help you shop for your loved ones.  With a donation of $10 or more, an item to represent your gift will be complimentary for your gift recipient.  Handmade ornaments by children in Rwanda will also be for sale for a suggested donation of $20.  All donations will directly support our Twitezmbere community in Rwanda.

Sharing the Warmth

This Christmas we will keep our neighbors warm by collecting socks, mittens and hats for children, youth and adults who need help with adequate winter clothing.  Hang your donations on the Christmas tree designated in our narthex for the collection. All donations will be distributed through S.O.C.K.S. Crisis Ministry.  



Youth Event    December 9  |  1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Youth will be going to Frankie’s in Huntersville for an afternoon of rides and games.

The Gift of Christmas Concert and Dinner    Sunday, December 18  |  4:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and beautiful Christmas music offered by our Chancel Choir, Alleluia Children’s Choir, Bellissimo Bells, and Worship team, along with soloists!  A delicious dinner follows.  Reservation forms are available here.  

Primetimers Drive Through McAdenville  December 5th  | 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Sign up to ride the FUMC Belmont bus through the McAdenville Christmas lights.  Dinner will be at Hillybilly’s BBQ in Lowell, dutch treat.  Sign up to reserve your spot on the bus.  Seats will go fast.  RSVP: